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The publishing world is full of Tolkien spinoff products, some trivial and ephemeral--but some, like this thoroughly researched atlas, are genuinely classy. Karen Wynn Fonstad is a qualified geographer and cartographer who first mapped Middle-Earth in 1981 and has since added much new detail based on those endless volumes of drafts, abandoned passages, alternative versions, and laundry lists published since Tolkien's death. She fills in gaps and details in the familiar Third Age maps from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, goes back in time to map Middle-Earth's First and Second Ages, and reconstructs the route and timescale of every important journey in the stories. There are local maps of key places like the Mines of Moria, Lothlorien, Isengard, Minas Tirth, the Tower of Cirith Ungol, and the volcanic Mount Doom. War maps cover the saga's notable battles, up to the hopeless last stand at Mordor gate and the tiny later skirmish known in Shire records as the Battle of Bywater. Thematic maps show Middle-Earth's distribution of climate, geological features, vegetation, people, and (most importantly to Tolkien) languages.... It's all done tremendously seriously and would make a fine gift for enthusiastic Tolkien fans, except that they'll have bought it already. --David Langford, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Tolkien loved maps and geography played a great importance in his books. In the paperback revision of a hardcover that is out of print, cartographer Fonstad here details that aspect of these stories.
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I wasn't sure if I should buy a ME companion or atlas, and after this purchase I'm sure I chose correctly. Read morePublished 5 months ago
It didn't have a complete map of the Third Age that I was looking for, but was very helpful.Published 12 months ago by Susnh
For the cost and the handling it took it was okay, the corner of the cover got folded somewhere, should have been wrapped in cellophane for the price and the handling it gets.Published 21 months ago by Leonard Magee
A great choice for the Middle Earth buff who simply cannot get enough detail about Tolkien's universe. I've really enjoyed it so far.Published on Jan. 14 2013 by Toby
If your interest is in the Mythology of Middle Earth, this book with its extensive illustrations and commentary increase your understanding of the story. Read morePublished on March 7 2004 by Gregory Rollins
Then I first heard that JRR Tolkien prided himself in his attention to specific details, I was somewhat skeptical. Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2004 by Mpiumetti